Capturing life’s important moments is one job photographers are happy to do because of the fulfillment it feels when they see people beam with happiness when they see their photographs. Mirrorless cameras are the latest and greatest in interchangeable lens technology that can accomplish this job. With the image quality of bulky DSLRs and the portability of point-and-shoots, they offer the best of both worlds. They’re less exhausting to carry, less cumbersome to store, and in many cases more intuitive to use than their old-school competition.
You may be ready to join the bandwagon, and that’s not surprising at all. Many photographers have ditched their DSLR cameras for the mirrorless counterpart. Here are some of the best mirrorless digital cameras this year, 2016. One is sure to catch your eyes.
Best Rated Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Sony Alpha A6300 is the successor of the well-receiced A6000. Although it comes rather simple and minimalistic, its ergonomic design is on-point. The top plates is home to just a mode dial and a single command dial as well as the shutter release, power switch, and custom button canted forward atop the grip. And the rear layout is a standard array with a command dial and a few dedicated buttons for trash, playback, and menus. The A6300 is a little more rugged than the A6000 since Sony ditched the glossy finish and went with the matte look. The body is also made entirely out of magnesium, unlike the A6000, which had more plastic in the frame. These changes make it feel sturdier, though Sony was clear that they don’t consider the body weather-sealed.
You might say, it does rather look too simple to come head-to-head with the competition, but Sony did a great job leveraging its ability to make impressive displays by giving the A6300 a 2.4 million-dot OLED EVF. You also now have the option to up the refresh rate to a whopping 120 fps–ensuring you won’t miss any of the action. That higher refresh rate is thanks to a faster imaging readout from the sensor. To put it simply, performance must always be your deciding factor.
The A6300 boasts Sony’s 24-megapixel CMOS image sensor and BIONZ X image processor. The sensor now has faster readout performance and a better signal-to-noise ratio thanks to a switch to copper wiring compared to its predecessor. Another area that the A6300 really shines is video. The 4K video produced by this camera is absolutely stellar. While it tops out at 4K/30p, you can also capture HD footage at 120 fps, making it great for turning action sequences into slow-mo.
Bottom line: This camera is number 1 in almost all lists for a reason: it is worth more than its price.
Best Mirrorless Camera for Pros
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is tagged as the ultimate photographer’s camera, and it is not surprising to know why. For one, it is aeathetically pleasing to the eyes, as always with Fujifilm cameras. It is a gorgeous blend of retro sensibilities and modern tastes. The controls are all there on the body, so users never need to search though menus to change anything. If you’re a fan of rangefinder cameras, you’re going have a hard time finding faults in the design of the X-Pro2. It has the classic look and feel of an old-school film body, but with a few new tricks.
The Pro2 has new 24-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor, 273 on-sensor autofocus points, an expanded ISO range, 1080/60p video, and improved AF tracking. These new additions have turned it into one of the most powerful rangefinders on the market today. The new sensor also extends the ISO range out a bit, with a native range of 200-12,800. You can expand that to 100-51,200 as well, though ISO 100 is only available when shooting JPEG. The new processor, on the other hand, delivers a much snappier experience than previous Fujifilm cameras, from startup to continuous shooting.
In conclusion, this camera is a photographer’s camera through and through that does an excellent job.
Best Mirrorless Camera for the Money
The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is ahead of the curve, and it’s way, way up there in terms of video shooting. In fact, when it was first released up to now, it has set the bar quite high. It has the ability to record True 4K (4096×2160) 24p cinematic video. Being able to take vivid still images as well as dazzling 4K video offers a valuable hybrid shooting option for those who do not only take photos but record videos as well, especially for Youtubers. The camera is powered by a 4/3 inch Live MOS Sensor and the Venus Engine IX, which together capture a very sharp picture that handles color grading well. There is also a Micro Four Thirds mount at your disposal to attach lenses that further refine your shots. Moreover, the battery life is impressive, which is very unlikely for a DSLR camera built primarily for great video recording.
The body itself is built with sturdy magnesium alloy, and shows many ergonomic improvements from its predecessor, the GH3. It is weather-sealed against water and dust and has high-speed dual OLED displays. In terms of ports, you have one headphone and microphone jack, MicroHDMI out, AV outputs, a flash sync terminal, and a 2.5mm jack for a remote control. The microphone jack supports XLR input for full level adjustment and monitoring, sealing the deal on this great video camera.